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Alternative investment managers increase focus on ESG outcomes, says study

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Almost half (47%) of private equity managers are now addressing climate change through their ESG policies, an increase of 13 percentage points over the last year, said a study.

According to a new study by LGT Capital Partners, the proposition of managers assessing climate risks has also risen notably (from 32% in 2021 to 43% in 2022), while there has also been strong growth in the number of managers monitoring greenhouse gas emissions (40%, compared to 28% in 2021).

The LGT Capital Partners study, the tenth annual ESG Report, analyzes the activities of 392 managers globally (including 303 private equity managers) to assess the improvements made in ESG practices.

"Significant progress has also been made with our hedge fund managers: 64% of the managers assessed now rated 'excellent' or 'good' for their ESG practices, versus 25% last year. 2021 marked also something of a milestone for LGT Capital Partners' own hedge fund offering, with the firm able to classify its flagship discretionary hedge fund offering as an Article 8 product under the SFDR," said the study.

A majority of private equity managers (60%) now have a diversity and inclusion (D&I) policy in place (an increase of 10 percentage points over the last twelve months), while 51% of managers now consider D&I within their investment decisions.

Europe continues to lead the way in ESG integration, with 84% of private equity managers assessed ranked 'excellent' or 'good' for the......................

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